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2005-11-17 19:33:05

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of six senators vowed on Thursday to oppose renewal of the anti-terror Patriot Act unless a tentative accord drafted by Republican-led negotiators was changed to provide greater protections of civil liberties. It was unclear what, if any, changes would be made. Critics expressed hope they could obtain some revisions to ease concerns in the 100-member Senate. But top Republican aides in the House of Representatives and the...

2005-11-17 16:55:24

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's former chief e-mailed White House strategist Karl Rove, "bragging" about a push for conservative programming on U.S. public television, the CPB's inspector general said on Thursday. Kenneth Tomlinson, who resigned as CPB's chairman this month, told Rove of his work to balance the liberal PBS program "Now with Bill Moyers," with a conservative show, "The Journal Editorial Report," Inspector General...

2005-11-16 17:13:36

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief sponsors of a Senate bill threatening China with a 27.5 percent tariff on its exports to the United States said on Wednesday they would delay a promised vote on the bill until March 31 at the latest. Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, were hopeful that President George W. Bush's visit to China later this week would prompt China to take positive steps to revalue its...

2005-11-16 16:19:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief sponsors of a U.S. Senate bill threatening China with a 27.5 percent tariff on its exports to the United States said on Wednesday they would delay a promised vote on the bill until March 31 at the latest. Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, were hopeful that President George W. Bush's visit to China this week would prompt China to take "positive" steps to revalue its currency....

2005-11-16 14:45:00

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the U.S. Congress said on Wednesday they were moving ahead with legislation that would speed up executions in the United States by limiting the ability of those sentenced to death to appeal to federal courts. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said he intended to bring the so-called "Streamlined Procedures Act of 2005" to a vote on Thursday in the Judiciary Committee which he chairs. A similar bill is also moving forward in the House of Representatives...

2005-11-15 19:00:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Budget Committee leaders are seeking to further delay action on legislation to create a $140 billion fund to compensate asbestos victims, saying in a letter released on Tuesday that they are worried the program could run short of money. "There are potentially serious costs to federal taxpayers from this legislation," the committee's chairman, New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, and ranking Democrat, Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, said in a...

2005-11-13 14:23:54

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans, stung by election defeats last week, acknowledged political problems on Sunday but rejected predictions that Democrats would win back control of the U.S. Congress next year. "There is no question we're in difficult political times," Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman told NBC's "Meet the Press." But Mehlman said Congress and the nation would make progress in coming months on a host of fronts -- from the Iraq war to...

2005-11-11 10:53:48

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales travels to Asia next week hoping to explain the U.S. war on terrorism, and said he will talk about information sharing and joint law-enforcement efforts. Gonzales departs on Saturday for a weeklong trip to Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. "I'm there to listen but I'm also there to try to educate and inform people overseas about our commitment to the rule of law," Gonzales said in an interview....

2005-11-10 17:43:40

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter urged Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Thursday to avoid a potential controversy by promptly explaining why he ruled in two cases involving firms that helped managed Alito's investments. In a letter, Specter said his committee had consulted two judicial experts and he believed there was "no impropriety on your part." Alito has served on a federal appeals court for 15 years. But...

2005-11-05 12:30:00

By Steve Holland MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina -- U.S. President George W. Bush sought to persuade Americans on Saturday to support Judge Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court after his first choice, Harriet Miers, withdrew under fierce attack from conservatives. Bush, beset by a series of political woes and with approval ratings at an all-time low, used his weekly radio address to outline Alito's lengthy resume and deep background in constitutional law. Conservative Republicans had...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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